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Owaisi kickstarts MIM campaign for Muslim reservation in Maharashtra
Says Muslim reservation on the basis of backwardness, not religion; lambasts Hindutva forces for their dream to convert India into a Hindu state
Wednesday January 7, 2015 12:08 PM, News Network

Kickstarting the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) campaign against the BJP's Maharashtra government for denying Muslims reservation in jobs and education, Hyderabad MP and party Chief Asaduddin Owaisi Tuesday said their demand is in line with the Indian constitution.

Owaisi in Beed

Addressing a huge crowd gathered on the Tailgaon Road ground in Beed, Maharashtra's Muslim dominated town in Marathwada, the MIM chief also lambasted the Hindutva forces saying making India an all-Hindu nation was a dream that cannot see the light of day.

"Muslims are seeking reservation on the basis of their backwardness, not religion. Articles 15 and 16 of the Indian constitution have us this right, and the government should accept this legitimate demand without further delay", he said.

Owaisi criticised the Devendra Fadnavis government for not introducing the Muslim Reservation Bill in the Maharashtra assembly despite the court order.

"The Bombay High Court had granted reservation for Muslims in education while staying the same for the Maratha community. But, the BJP government passed the Maratha Reservation Bill while refusing similar legislation for Muslims", he said.

"It is open bias and a worst display of utter discrimination", he added.

He said despite a population of 1.5 crore in Maharashtra, Muslims are less than 2% and 4% in government jobs and in the state police. He also said out of the total 2000 seats in Maharashtra's government medical colleges, only 3-4 Muslims get admission.

"Maharashtra is the state where drop-out rate of Muslims is at its worst", he said.

Owaisi also criticised the erstwhile Congress-NCP government for 'hurriedly' coming up with an ordinance to give Muslims and Marathas reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.

"They were in power for 15 long years and they could have easily passed bills in the state assembly. But, they were not honest", he alleged.

Owaisi also said making India an all-Hindu nation was a dream that cannot see the light of day.
He also said attempts of 'ghar wapsi' by Hindu hardliners were going to fail and no Muslim would ever abandon his faith.

"I pity those who think a Muslim will convert (to other religions) for Rs 5 lakh. There are those who dream of making India an entirely Hindu country by 2021. It's not going to happen. It's not going to happen by 2021. It is not going to happen by 2090 or till Qayyamat (Judgement Day)… Our ancestors paid for freedom of this country with their lives. We are here to stay and will demand what is our right," the AIMIM chief said.



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